The New York Times
January 9, 2012
A new book called “30 Lessons for Living” draws from interviews with more than 1,000 older Americans from different economic, educational and occupational strata.
At 17, I wrote a speech titled, “When You Come to the End of Your Days, Will You Be Able to Write Your Own Epitaph?” It reflected the approach to life I adopted after my mother’s untimely death from cancer at age 49. I chose to live each day as if it could be my last – but with a watchful eye on the future in case it wasn’t.
My goal was, and still is, to die without regrets.
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